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Treatment

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Specific treatment for periodontal disease will be determined by your adolescent's dentist based on:

  • your adolescent's age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the disease
  • your adolescent's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease
  • your opinion or preference

Treatment may include any, or a combination of the following:

  • Plaque removal - Deep cleaning can help remove the plaque and infected tissue in the early stages of the disease, while smoothing the damaged root surfaces of the teeth. The gums can then be reattached to the teeth.
  • Medication
  • Surgery - When the disease is advanced, the infected areas under the gums will be cleaned, and the tissues will then be reshaped or replaced. Types of surgeries include:
    • pocket reduction
    • a regeneration procedure
    • a soft tissue graft
    • crown lengthening